The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari‘s Independence Day message as a mockery of the nation’s integrity as an independent state.
In a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP stated that Buhari’s speech lacked patriotic stance and it was replete with manifest inconsistencies, contradictions, paradoxes and false performance claims.
The main opposition party accused the president of failing to address the key issues of freedom, social justice, constitutional order, separation of powers, rule of law, human rights, credible elections, national cohesion, accountability and transparency in government.
The PDP stated that Buhari intentionally refused to address them because his administration had violated these very fundamentals of an independent state.
The party said: “He (President) had no clear-cut and operable blueprint to revamp our economy, which his administration wrecked in a period of four years, resulting in so much hardship and despondency that Nigerians now resort to suicide and slavery abroad as options.
“Our party notes that this address further exposes that the Buhari Presidency is not interested in nation-building; that it is completely disconnected from the people and remains insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.”
According to the PDP. President Buhari only succeeded in further demonstrating that his administration is, indeed, in no position to deliver a credible, acceptable and satisfactory independence address.
The main opposition party stated that under the present administration Nigeria has experienced the worst form of division, deprivation, human right abuse, constitutional violations, disregard for rule of law, electoral malpractices, disobedience to court orders, disrespect for separation of powers and curtailing of press freedom.
It added that due to the incompetence and legitimacy challenges confronting the Buhari Presidency, the nation has lost its voice and due regard in the international arena; “as the administration has remained lacking in the required capacity and boldness to forcefully engage other world leaders on critical issues”.
“The dearth in foreign direct investments and the inhuman treatments being meted out on our citizens in countries where we were once held in very high esteem, are some of the injuries our nation is suffering under the Buhari administration”, the statement said.